Special Issue

Special Issue 2019

Public Sector Innovation

Public sector innovation is about finding new ways and employing new means to achieve public goals and cope with current societal problems. Compared to even a decade ago, governments worldwide are pursuing innovation more actively and are embedding new approaches or solutions in their daily activities in order to keep up with the highly dynamic communities they have to serve. Governments can no longer operate through incremental, slow changes to the way they function; the complex challenges they are faced with require them to think differently, find solutions and design structures, processes, rules and ways of doing things that are in line with the multitude of pressures that come from the external environment, moving innovation from a viable option to a necessity of modern governance.


Innovation in government implies many things: how civil servants act and relate both to inner and outer stakeholders, taking a catalyst or facilitator role in public governance; how rules and procedures can foster rather than hinder innovation and how bureaucracies as hierarchical structures can overcome their traditional inertial lack of dynamism; how partnerships with other sectors and network type structures can be formed and managed with the explicit purpose of generating societal change and innovation and the role of special units in government created to manage and enhance innovative practices and policies.    


Articles for the special issue can address any of these issues; however, all submissions should emphasize best practices and/or empirical analysis rather than just theoretical contributions. We are mostly interested in how best practices can be emulated in implemented across a variety of jurisdictions.  


The special issue comes out in December, thus the articles should be submitted before the 1st of September 2019.


Contributions will be submitted to the following address: redactia@rtsa.ro. Authors should comply with the same requirements and formatting rules which apply for regular issues.